Historical Monuments in Veliko Tarnovo
Tsarevets Fortress is an architectural museum reserve, located on the eponymous hill, near the old town of Veliko Tarnovo. The complex is all preserved remains of the great Bulgarian capital Tarnovo. Today you can see the castle walls and gate of the medieval city, part of the royal palace, Baldwin Tower and fully restored patriarchal church “Ascension”. The first settlement on the hill dates back five thousand years ago, the fortress was the main Bulgarian fortress during the Second Bulgarian Kingdom when Tarnovo was the capital of Bulgaria.
Asenevtsi Monument was built in 1985 in Veliko Tarnovo, when we celebrate 800 years since the rebellion of the brothers Assen and Peter. The sword pointing upwards symbolizes the power of Medieval Bulgaria. The monument with impressive proportions is situated on picturesque place to Stambolov`s bridge at the foothills of Mount Athos, near the Yantra River. The monument is worth visiting to feel the greatness of medieval Bulgarian kings and see the panoramic view, which reveals from there.
Trapezitza is a hill located near the town of Veliko Tarnovo. It is believed that the name derives from “trapeze” because the shape of the hill is a trapezoid. During excavations there were found remains of 17 churches, and the relics of St. Ivan Rilski, transferred to the Rila Monastery.
Mother Bulgaria monument stands in the center of Veliko Tarnovo. Park was officially opened on May 6, 1935 and is dedicated to the Bulgarians killed in the four wars – Russian-Turkish, Serbo-Bulgarian, First Balkan and First World War. It was built with funds donated by the citizens of Veliko Tarnovo. Mother Bulgaria is one of the symbols of Veliko Tarnovo.